Oral health problems can creep up on you, slowly building up over time before they start causing serious problems. In order to address these issues in the most timely manner possible, look out for these common warning signs.
Some people might get used to seeing blood in the sink after they brush (or floss), but this is actually far from normal. Bleeding can be a sign of gum disease, with the condition potentially resulting in tooth loss. If you notice your gums are bleeding, or that they are red, swollen or tender, visit your dentist.
Saliva is necessary to neutralise acids and wash away food particles in the mouth. There are a number of illnesses that could be causing dry mouth, with the condition potentially compromising the health of your teeth.
If you notice your teeth moving slightly or even widening apart from each other, you could be at risk of infection or bone loss. Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite or how your mouthguard fits are strong signs you should visit your dentist.
Oral lesions that last longer than a week or two affect the tongue, inner cheek, tonsils and the roof of your mouth. This could be a sign of thrush, which tends to affect those with diabetes. For your comfort and well-being, speak to your dentist about getting the right medicine for oral thrush.
Aside from being embarrassing, chronic bad breath can actually point towards an underlying health problem. This could include sinus infections, chronic lung infections, liver or kidney disease, gut problems or diabetes.
While obvious, the seriousness of a toothache shouldn’t be ignored. Pain and sensitivity could be as a result of cavities, abscesses, broken teeth, bruxism, or damaged fillings. To find out and treat exactly what’s going on, book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.